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very much underrated.
listen to those first 3 songs. WOW.
that got me into Low...i was a bit slow on the uptake with them.
Since buying that, i've gone on to buy most of the back catalogue.
their weakest album.
A good album but completely losing all that made them special.
it takes the specialness and adds super pop fun + distorted niceness and makes it not just another low album. although obvously just another low album means = pretty much perfection compared to everyone who's not low...
i just think its been a little unfairly treated by the old guard of low fans.
'Monkey' is incredible, one of my favourite Low songs. That drum sound is perfect. A bit patchy in places, but still a really good album...not in the same league as 'Things We Lost In The Fire' though.
i can see why this gets slated by some.
After listening to these earlier releases after 'The Great Destroyer' though, it still stands up as an album relevant to their past work.
Much of it seems honest and contemplative, but as if they have let their gaurd down a bit.
'When I Go Deaf' in particular seems so personal and stark, it's as if they are reviewing their career to date and in some form of personal contemplation about the future.
best when they make their trademark slow music.
Although Great Destroyer includes some wonderful moments (When I Go Deaf) I find it quite difficult to listen to it from start to finish in one sitting.
But if I put 'I Could Live In Hope' on I'm in a trance for the entire duration.
over-rated by 'non-Low fans' and under-rated by 'Low fans' whatever that means.
It has its moments, but for me it's their weakest album.
I do love everybodys song though and that is not in the typical Low blueprint